Is trivial valve leakage dangerous?

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Submitted by Dr T on May 15, 2011 – 11:31am

QUESTION:
A recent echo showed that I have a trivial mitral and tricuspid valve regurgitation. I was wondering if this is something that can be temporary. Also I have. Read that the echo’s are so sensitive that the leaks may not even be there. I was hoping you could provide me with you expert opinion on the issue. Thanks.
ANSWER:
The regurgitation (leakage) is not temporary, but also not clinically significant at this point and not requiring any treatment. You should have a repeat ECHO every now and then to make sure it doesn’t get worse.
Read more here:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-diagnosis/exercise-stress-tests
FOLLOW-UP:
Thank you for your response. The doctor said he made a mistake even mentioning it . I’m not sure why this means . I have heard that the echo is so sensitive that it may have shown leaks that are not even there. Is this possible?
Answer:
Every valve leaks initially – it helps “close the door”. The ECHO demonstrates this to more or less degree.
Hope this helps,
Dr T
https://www.cardiachealth.org/

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